Nebraska horse racing

Bruce Swihart Retiring As Fonner Park CEO; Chris Kotulak Named Successor

Bruce Swihart, 67, has announced his retirement as CEO from Fonner Park effective July 31, 2019. Swihart has been employed at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb., for 43 years. His father Al Swihart was the Fonner general manager from 1956 until his death in 1983. Bruce also worked as assistant general manager under longtime […]

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Nebraska’s Fonner Park Delivers A Snowy Opening Weekend Of Racing

Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb., took a page from the United States Postal Service manual, when it adhered to the USPS motto of: “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Heat certainly was not an issue and the only gloom present […]

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Battle Over Historical Horse Racing Rages On In Nebraska

In the face of mounting pressure from the state, the Nebraska Racing Commission this week reversed course and for now, is not allowing historical horse racing machines at Fonner Park. The commission voted last fall to permit the machines but has backed off following statements from Attorney General Doug Peterson, who said the commission did […]

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Nebraska: Petitions Aim To Put Gaming At Racetracks

Three new petitions are being circulated across the state of Nebraska, reports Their aim is to allow gaming at licensed horse racing tracks in the state, like Omaha’s Horsemen’s Park, which only races a few weekends out of the year. “I think people really understand the need for this,” says Scott Lautenbaugh with the […]

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Contract Negotiations Delayed At Nebraska Track; Race Meet In Jeopardy

Fonner Park, located in Nebraska, usually has a contract in place by mid-December to run its spring meeting. This year, that hasn’t been the case, according to NBC Nebraska. Contract negotiations between Fonner Park and the Horsemen’s Board have been unsuccessful thus far, which places the track’s race meet in jeopardy. If the contract is […]

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Nebraska Commission Grants Additional Live Racing Days In Omaha

Horse racing in Nebraska peaked in 1988 with 233 live racing days; since then, the number of live racing days has declined each year. That is about to change heading into 2016, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. The Nebraska State Racing Commission met Monday in Lincoln, and approved 53 dates for 2016, an increase […]

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Nebraska: Group Pushing To Legalize Casino Gambling At Racetracks

A group called ‘Keep the Money in Nebraska’ has submitted proposed petition language to Nebraska state officials with the hopes of legalizing casino gambling at racetracks. The group hopes to begin seeking signatures in a few weeks in order to get the measure on ballots in 2016. According to a report in the Omaha World-Herald, the group’s initiative […]

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Nebraska Racing Commission Approves 16 Race Dates at Ag Park

Columbus Exposition and Racing Inc. was granted approval for a 16-day meet at Ag Park by the Nebraska State Racing Commission last week. The number of race dates is down from the original request of 23 race days, but received support form the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective association and Nebraska Thoroughbred Breeder’s Association. The […]

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Nebraska horsemen skeptical of proposed legislation

A new bill making its way through the Nebraska state legislature would require that the state’s three racetracks run a total of at least 49 days of live racing each year. If they fail to do so, they would lose simulcasting privileges. The bill, known as LB73, is being met with some skepticism from horsemen, […]

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